Riyadh — Based on their religious and cultural status and their urban and Islamic dimensions, the mosques in the Madinah region have gained the attention of the Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Project for the Development of Historic Mosques in its second phase which included four mosques in the region.
The project is being implemented with the aim of protecting the mosques and restoring them to the form closest to their original status, in addition to maintaining their functional characteristics and restoring their ancient beauty.
The historical mosques in the region of Medina derive their importance from their close connection with Al-Sira Al-Nabawiyah (prophetic biography) and several sites related to the Islamic era, such as the governorate of AlUla which houses several archaeological sites.
Among the most targeted mosques in Medina are the Bani Haram mosques which are only 1.68 kilometers from the Holy Prophet’s Mosque, and it is a mosque that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, has prayed at his location.
The development project aims to match the changes of the mosque between the old and the new era, where the pre-renovation area of the mosque amounts to 266.42 square meters, which will be increased by 10 square meters after renovation with a total capacity of 172 faithful.
Next to the historic Mousa Bin Nusair Castle between AlUla and Hajrah, the project also includes the Al-Itham Mosque, which also dates back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad, who identified the direction of Al-Qiblah with bones while was on his way to the Tabuk expedition. in the ninth Hijri year.
The area of the mosque amounts to 773.34 square meters and could accommodate 580 worshipers after its abandonment.
In the middle of Kheif Al-Huzami town in Wadi Al-Safra, affiliated to Badr Governorate in Medina region, Kheif Al-Huzami Mosque, also known as Prince Radwan Mosque, will also be of developments.
The mosque was built by Egyptian Minister of Hajj Radwan Al-Faqari in the middle of the 11th Hijri century, and its total area will increase from 527.94 square meters to 603.35 square meters after renovation and its capacity will increase from 150 to 180 worshippers. .
The project will also head 102 kilometers towards the northeastern parts of Medina to the historic Castle Mosque, also known as the Hamad Bin Samihah Mosque after the ruler of the city. The mosque dates back over 100 years and gains its significance for being located in the center of the historical castle district of the city of Al-Hanakieh.
The pre-renovation area of the mosque amounts to 181.75 square meters which will be increased to 263.55 square meters with a capacity of 171 worshipers after the renovation of the mosque.
A total of 30 mosques will be included in the second phase of the Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Project for the Development of Historic Mosques which covers all regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
These mosques will be developed through a modern mechanism that guarantees the quality of good material and architectural designs after making an accurate assessment of the history, features and characteristics of each mosque. — SPA